Summer is the time to keep work to a minimum and make things as easy as possible on yourself. With that in mind, I've put together this lake themed buffet set-up.
I love it when guests can help themselves and I think they feel more at home that way too so I've created a handy self-serve area on my kitchen sideboard.
This is for the dishes, napkins and cutlery. The food is usually served on the kitchen island.
My inspiration began with this Lake Street sign I found at a gift shop on one of our travels last summer.
On this end, I placed wine glasses with a sign that lets guests know they are welcome to join in our "happy hour" after their day at the lake.
I have a few of these crates that are painted a bluish white which ties in perfectly with the theme.
I created another beach vignette in the middle section using a sailboat.
A wooden anchor and mini Adirondack chair along with another sign were placed beside the boat.
A basket holds the catch of the day!
Looking to the far end of the sideboard...
...you see the spot to grab a plate...
...and some cutlery.
Napkins were also placed in the little bucket.
Beach grasses in a woven vase, a small sailboat and another crate make up this vignette.
I also added some decorative touches to each end of the sideboard.
A crate holds a turquoise pillow, greenery and some shell shaped plates.
Some fish netting and a blue and white table runner were draped over the side.
This is the view on the other side.
A small lantern, shell ball and sign sit on top of this crate.
Would you like to visit my Lake Street Cafe where it's totally self-serve?
I promise to do the dishes!
Thanks for visiting!
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